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“You don’t curl up and accept it; you prepare for the next game and aim to put it right.” Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

27 August 2016

Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray is hoping for a reaction this afternoon after Tuesday’s midweek defeat in the EFL Cup...

Coventry welcome Northampton Town to the Ricoh Arena and Mowbray is expecting a tough game as both sides aim to record their first win of the League season. 

The City boss said: “It is my job to lift the players and pick them up after Tuesday, but the players know themselves how to react.

“Putting it into perspective, we are going to play a team that has gone 29 matches without losing, so we haven’t got any right to think we can just turn up and beat them. What we do know is that it will be tough game against an in-form Northampton Town.” 

During the first four League One games this season, the Sky Blues have registered the youngest starting XI in the Football League, whilst Northampton have the oldest. However, Mowbray believes it is a good opportunity for his young side to assert themselves in this year’s league competition. 

“Hopefully they can use their energy, talent and drive to good effect and it gets us three points against a good team. We have to go again. You don’t curl up and accept it; you prepare for the next game and aim to put it right. 

“Just like last year you have to try and build up a proud home record as it is important if you want to be at the right end of the division. We have to make sure we give Northampton a really tough examination.”  

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